The Art of Waiting

By Christopher Jory

Format: Multiple Formats

A tale of love, revenge and survival against the odd, set in Venice and Russia in the 1940s.

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Russia, 1943. A girl from Leningrad, a soldier from Venice, stand together on the edge of wilderness. He is a shadow of a man, trapped behind wire, an enemy in her land. She takes something from her pocket, slips her hand through the wire, and catches her skin on one of the barbs. Up comes a tiny sphere of blood. 'Have this,' the man takes the gift - a small crust of bread, a little piece of hope. Its memory will keep him alive on his long journey home. And when home again, which way will he tip, which sentiment will be strongest? His quiet love for the girl who saved his life, his unfulfilled desire for vengeance, a burning desire to see Fausto Pozzi finally pay the price for the terrible thing that he has done?

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 16 Apr 2015
SKU 9781846973086-grouped
Number of Pages 304

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'I recommend this book for those who like a story with a big twist' - Edel's Book, Beauty, Life Blog; 'A truly breathtaking read, transporting the reader from Leningrad to Venice to the Russian Steppes back to Venice, as we become entwined in the lives of Aldo and Katerina, during the dark days of war' - Brigitte Colwell, Lovereading; 'A gritty read at times, with a smattering of magical realism, this is a novel which I will be recommending to my friends' - Jillian McFrederick, Lovereading; 'Compulsive, well written novel with an epic feel, intriguing characters and vivid descriptions' - Ann Peet, Lovereading; 'A moving novel, beautifully written' - Celia Cohen, Lovereading; 'A powerful book, full of drama, emotion and revenge' - Lynne Morgan, Lovereading

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